It's Been a Dangerous Week to be a Pizza Delivery Guy

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First of all, a salute to all the hard-working pizza men and women out there who show up to strangers' homes in sketchy neighborhoods carrying cash and delicious foodstuffs. It's thankless work, and dangerous.

Take last night, for instance. At 10:30 p.m., a Pizza Hut driver was delivering some pies to a house in the 10300 block of Whitington Street in Pleasant Grove when two men toting semi-automatic pistols approached him and ordered him on his knees. They demanded everything he had, which turned out to be $318, a GPS unit, and a kitchen knife.

"Get the fuck up and get out of here," they told him when they were done stealing his stuff. The men ran off through the alley. At the end of the alley, one of them turned, aimed the gun at the pizza guy, and repeated himself: "Get the fuck out of here."

About an hour earlier, on a dead-end street in East Oak Cliff, a Domino's driver found himself in a similar situation. Two men, one carrying a nickel-plated revolver, approached the from a vacant lot near the house the pizzas were called to. They demanded all his money, $40 in all, then took the three pizzas and order of wings he was carrying for good measure.

The same thing happened Saturday night to a Domino's driver on Shaw Street in West Dallas, except that there was no gun, just five men, including the one who'd ordered the pizza, who jumped him. The driver escaped to his car with some minor scrapes. Another Domino's driver delivering to an apartment in Far East Dallas on December 21 was confronted by a gunman who demanded everything he had. The driver replied that, "No, I'm not giving you shit!" before walking slowly backwards to his car and driving off.

That last response, ballsy as it may be, might not be the wisest.

"Better just to hand over the pizza and the cash," advises no less an authority than pizza.com, adding "Pizza delivery can be a good job, but it is definitely not worth losing your life over. It might be different if pizzerias could afford to equip every urban delivery driver with an armored van that resembled something the A-Team might have used, but that approach is obviously cost prohibitive in the real world."

Obviously. Just keep all that in mind the next time you're debating whether to tip your pizza guy.

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18 comments
Phildaddy
Phildaddy

Should of known better than to deliver to such a shithole area.  I would recommend a couple slugs to the brain for the delinquents, 180 grains of lead & copper through the cranium does wonders for an attitude problem.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

Guy who had $318+GPS is a moron. The GPS might not be worth much, but he should have never had that much money on him.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

We can only be comforted by the fact that those criminals probably received the only punishment they are likely to get for this:


They had to eat Dominos pizza.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

" The driver replied that, "No, I'm not giving you shit!" before walking slowly backwards to his car and driving off.

That last response, ballsy as it may be, might not be the wisest.

"Better just to hand over the pizza and the cash,"


Yes best to just make the job of being a criminal as easy and least costly as possible. Nevermind that the urchins who do shit like this will execute their victim with as little remorse as robbing them. Why anyone would deliver pizza to these bastions of diversity without being armed is beyond me. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

[clerks]Bunch of savages in this town.[/clerks]

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

havent been in the pizza game for 15 yrs, is the trip charge these pizza joints charge being paid to the driver or directly to the store or split?  I realize it says its not a tip, but if the driver gets none of it, why are the shops charging it?  Its the drivers vehicle taking the wear and tear and the store isnt paying to keep his car up and running.  Its really just a cheap way to make a couple extra bucks on that so called $5 pizza

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@MichaelInLH Reddit is a have for pedophiles.  Avoid that site.

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@ScottsMerkin I worked pizza about 2 years ago, and they take a significant portion out of the "delivery fee." I think I maybe got .50 out of the fee which was probably at least double that.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@ScottsMerkin they're paying the guy's hourly rate while he's out delivering. That delivery fee will, MAYBE, cover his pay rate and taxes while he's out of the store, if that. When you were in the game, did you work for tips only?

Daniel
Daniel

@ScottsMerkin 

Is that what pizza is to you, son? A game?!

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@DirtyP1 @ScottsMerkin Eh, there's usually a minimum delivery amount and usually people go well over that (more items, more $ to the company). The driver is still providing work and value to the store through delivering. It's irrelevant whether they're actually in the store. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@albert.finney000 just like arbys 5 for 5 that was really 5.95, it's a metaphorical 5 dollars fuck

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ruddski and?  Its still a $5 dollar pizza, it just happens to be 2 of them.

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